From the monthly archives: "March 2017"

Subject: Whats the black and yellow Chevron bug
Location: Santa Monica, CA USA
March 29, 2017 4:17 pm
Ive lived in Los Angeles all my life but suddenly never seen before bugs keep appearing… Orb weavers and this one in particular is what I call a Chevron bug but after a couple years of sitings and visitations I have no luck identifying the creature by myself online and figured I would ask you… Let me know if you know. Is it simple a beetle type or something? Should I fear or maim it in self defense?!
Signature: Lisa Susann Stanton

Lady Beetle Larva

Dear Lisa,
This is the larva of a Lady Beetle.  It is not harmful to people, but it will eat Aphids and other small insects.

Whoaaaaa! Thanks!!!!!!!

Your enthusiasm is refreshing.

I know now Im watching the four stages and thinking wow i love ladybugs and im glad i still loved them before they grew up to be cute and cheerful…larvae are pretty scary. Still they perch on me alot. Glad I could help out the cute ladybugs before they were pretty.

Subject: ID of 2 insects
Location: Los Angeles, CA
March 28, 2017 1:29 pm
Found this pair this morning in the shade. I assume a male and female. Any ideas?
Signature: Ann Grodin

Crane Fly

Dear Ann,
These are harmless Crane Flies, and we cannot say for certain if they are the same species or if they are opposite sexes.  We can tell you that Crane Flies are currently quite plentiful in our own Mount Washington, Los Angeles garden.  Many species of larval Crane Flies feed on roots of grasses.

Subject: Maybe a kind of tarantula hawk?
Location: 48Q3GGC2+M3
March 28, 2017 6:57 am
I found it in a friend’s garden situated in San Isidro, Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina. I would like to know what kind of insect it is.
Signature: Ricardo Barba


Dear Ricardo,
This is NOT a Tarantula Hawk.  It is a Katydid, and it is either immature or a flightless species.  The ovipositor on the tip of the abdomen indicates this is a female.  This species is not illustrated on Foto Fauna.  It appears to be the same species as this unidentified individual in our archives from a 2006 posting.

Hi Daniel! Thank you very much for such a fast response. Amazing insect! I’m glad that now I know what it is.
Have a great week!!

Thanks Ricardo,
We love getting Argentine insects for identification.

Subject: Land Shrimp?!
Location: La Habra Heights, CA
March 27, 2017 10:20 am
We just recently moved into our new place and found these bugs crawling into our living room from the patio door and molting They moved very slow and when i try to catch one, it jumped up about 12 to 18 inches straight up. I lived in Southern California and never seen an insect like this. Can you help me identify this insect, thank you.
Signature: Jonathan

Lawn Shrimp

Dear Jonathan,
Commonly called a Lawn Shrimp or House Hopper, this terrestrial Amphipod is not an insect, but a Crustacean.  Lawn Shrimp are native to Australia, but they have naturalized in Southern California because of the irrigated gardens that are so common.

Thank you for identifying the critter.  My son was so excited when I read the email you had sent and how amazed he was how a shrimp can live in our yard.  Thank you and we will be visiting the site to identify all the insects and non insects we find in our backyard and vegetable garden.   I found your site to be very educational and entertaining, thank you!
Best Regards,
Jonathan Kim

Subject: Wasp mimic?
Location: Columbus, OH
March 27, 2017 7:41 am
Hello! This insect landed on me and I cannot for the life of me figure out what it is (my best guess is some sort of sawfly). This picture was taken on March 25th in central Ohio in an urban enviornment–I was actually about to get in my car when it was spotted. The weather was sunny and in the 70’s. I am especially perplexed by the super long antenna and the fact that the colored bands on the abdomen do not wrap all the way around. Thanks!
Signature: Intrigued

Ichneumon we believe

Dear Intrigued,
We are posting prior to doing any research as we are rushed right now, but we believe this is an Ichneumon, a member of a very large family of Parasitic Wasps, that are often recognized by long antennae.  Here is a similar looking Ichneumon in the genus
Banchus from BugGuide.


Subject: Giant Moth in San Diego
Location: San Marcos, CA
March 26, 2017 10:54 am
My neighbor found this giant moth outside her door. It has 4 wings like a butterfly and I have scoured the internet to find it to no avail. A friend of mine believes it is a type of sphinx moth. But curiousity has me trying to figure this mystery out.
Signature: Michelle S

Ceanothus Silkmoth

Dear Michelle,
This is a Ceanothus Silkmoth, and we have gotten several submissions this year from Southern California.  We suspect that the wetter winter led to more vegetation, and more food for caterpillars.  This will ensure better survival rates and more moth sightings.